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. congressional leaders will talk with president obama trying to avert the "fiscal cliff." ed payne tells us they only have four days. >>> reporter: in what's seen as a last-minute attempt to reach a deal, president obama meets at the white house with senate majority leader harry reid, house minority leader nancy pelosi, senate minority leader mitch mcconnell and house speaker john boehner. they have only four days to reach an agreement or the u.s. economy will go off the so- called "fiscal cliff." that's when automatic spending increases and cuts would take effect. reaching a deal won't be easy because both sides are involved in a high stakes political blame game. >> we are here in washington working while the members of the house of representatives are out watching movies and watching the kids play soccer and basketball and doing all kinds of things. they should be here. >> i told the president we would be happy to look at wah he proposes but the truth is we are coming up against a hard deadline and as i said this is a conversation we should have had months ago. >> reporter: democrats want
. >>> a large brawl in a sacramento mall sent shoppers running for the doors. reporter lonnie rivera shows us what shoppers saw and heard when the fight broke out and why many thought something worse was happening. [ screaming ] >> reporter: panic crossed the mall as shoppers ran from the chaos that began at the food court. >> terrifying. scariest moment of my life. >> reporter: police say it started when a fistfight got out of control drawing in at least 20 juveniles. >> he swung on one of the dudes and they started fighting and all the groups started fighting. >> reporter: gabby miller says even after police and mall security jumped in some of the teens kept fighting. >> police caught three of them and then they all came towards the pretzel place and did it again. >> reporter: several people inside the mall heard gunshots. >> we heard it. >> reporter: most shoppers were trying to get away while store employees tried to understand what was happening. >> something similar to gunshots. we don't know if it was gunshots but it sounded like shots. >> reporter: police now say they have ruled out a
. >> reporter: the nih tells us because of uncertainty in the budget awards at 90% of what was perhapsed to researchers -- promised to researchers will be the standard at least for now and the threat of the cut raised alarms. >> some of the cuts -- >> reporter: at johns hopkins the doctor is under pressure to reduce the experiments he designed in mice in search for a cure for childhood leukemia. does that make a more uncertain science? >> not only that we actually lose ten years. >> reporter: the downside of turning off a variety of experiments is what? >> we've killed innovation. because the most innovative projects are the projects that will go first. >> reporter: the pending budget cuts have also forced labs to slow down the hiring of promising younger scientists. >> turning them down because i have to say to them, in all honesty, i don't know whether i can take you on on that four to five year commitment. >> reporter: the nih hopes to restore the lost 10% if the agency's funding restored but this is one danger from the fiscal cliff that isn't waiting for new year's day. the reduction
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